It’s been almost a year since we talked here about the plans of the Wistron, Taiwanese partner of Apple, to increase the production of iPhones in their factories in India – even incorporating the production of more expensive models, such as the iPhone 8 and iPhone XR. The planning was successful and is now reaching its next step, as informed by the DigiTimes.
According to the vehicle, Wistron recently opened its third factory in Indian territory, in the city of Narasapura (close to Bangalore, where the other two facilities are located). After a round of tests, the complex has already started producing iPhones, further increasing the number of Apple smartphones coming out of India.
According to the report, the new plant will start producing medium-cost iPhones, such as the iPhone 8; the top management and management positions of the facility will be filled with local talent, rather than Taiwanese Wistron employees. It is worth noting that the company’s other complexes in India manufacture iPhones of lower categories, such as the SE it’s the 6s – both still sold in the country.
The news is great for Apple, which has been doing everything to overcome protectionist policies implemented in recent years by the Indian government; With the acceleration of the production of iPhones in the country, the company will be able to enjoy a more friendly relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi – and, who knows, make possible the construction of the first official Apple store there.
Foxconn in Wisconsin
While the Wistron plant in Narasapura is going smoothly, the same cannot be said for the Foxconn (another major Apple partner) in the state of Wisconsin (United States). At the beginning of last year, the company drastically reduced plans for the factory, whose initial investment would be $ 10 billion; now the CEO Terry Gou promised that the facility will start operating in 2020.
In statements to Bloomberg, Gou said the factory will focus on artificial intelligence applications and wireless devices; the CEO revealed that he will spend a good part of the year in the USA and will bring more Foxconn employees to the country.
There is no information, however, as to whether Foxconn’s American factory – if it actually does operate – will deal with any Apple products or technologies. The company has already ruled out making iPhone screens there and has since been uncertain whether Apple would have anything to do with the ill-fated enterprise. We will have to keep an eye on this story, apparently.
via iClarified, Cult of Mac